Who we are and what we do

National DBT Project Office

What is the National DBT Project?
The principal aim of the National DBT Project is to train new DBT teams across the country. In addition to this we will train therapists to join existing DBT teams and produce high quality research focussing on the implementation, evaluation and a cost/benefit analysis of DBT in Ireland.

Rationale behind National Project
Following the success of the implementation and evaluation of DBT in Cork (the Endeavour Project), the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP)in consultation with the North Lee Adult Mental Health Team, explored how best to coordinate DBT training in Ireland, whilst ensuring effective governance and targeting of resources. The National DBT Project Office was thus established in June 2013 to offer solutions, in particular to:

  • support the administration of a national roll out of DBT and allied intervention programmes
  • ensure continued research focussing on effectiveness and cost/benefit of training
  • ensure service users meaningful involvement in DBT and allied intervention programmes

A national steering committee was established to oversee the implementation and evaluation of the project. The committee meets quarterly and plays a vital role in ensuring effective governance and overall coordination of the programme.


Coordination of DBT Training
In the first year of operation (2013 - 2014), eight teams, comprising 59 therapists from all around the country were trained to provide DBT. These teams came from the following areas:

 
Adult Mental Health Teams CAMHS Teams
Meath Linn Dara, Dublin
Sligo                Sligo
Waterford North Cork
Wexford North Lee, Cork


In addition to this, over 30 therapists were also trained to supplement existing DBT teams throughout the country.

In year 2 of the project (2014-2015), a further eight teams were trained to run DBT programmes. These teams are from the following areas:

Adult Mental Health Teams CAMHS Teams
Kerry South Lee, Cork
Tipperary South Lucena Clinic, Dublin
Newbridge Galway/Roscommon
East Galway  
West Galway (GUH)  

Also, in May 2015, 43 additional therapists were trained in DBT to join teams based throughout Ireland.

In Year 3 seven further teams, comprising over 40 therapists from all around the country were trained to provide DBT. These teams came from the following areas:

 
Adult Mental Health Teams CAMHS Teams
St. James Hospital, Dublin Lucena Clinic, Dublin
Limerick North Dublin (Swords)
Roscommon North Dublin (James Joyce Street)
North Dublin (Raheny)


In addition to this, over 30 therapists were also trained to supplement existing DBT teams throughout the country.